Lessons From a Bike Ride

I live in a very nice “suburban” style subdivision which honestly, before I moved in – I had no idea even existed. I joked that this must be the one and only subdivision in Pensacola that I have never done a party in!  I knew the subdivision was large, having been told the story that there we actually three “phases” and I had moved into the third and final “phase.”  I had never really thought about what size a “phase” would be – I really had no idea JUST how large it is.  Until today.

Lessons From a Bike Ride

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I set out a little before 9am before it was too hot to just have a nice “ride around the neighborhood.”  I discovered that if I went into each cul-de-sac that they were all uphill, so I could get a good little workout and then “coast” while I let my legs rest for a few seconds before pedaling again.  I was probably about 20 minutes into my ride when I saw a sign that said “No Outlet” so I assumed it was another cul-de-sac.  What it should have said was “Point Of No Return.”

I am not sure how long it took me to realize that I was completely, utterly lost, but when the realization hit, I nearly panicked. I had been mesmerized looking at houses,  the beautifully manicured lawns, pretty landscaping.  I looked around me and realized I had absolutely NO idea where I was, where I was headed, or even what direction “home” was.  I remember thinking I should take my phone in case anyone called – but I was “only going to be a few minutes” so I left it.  I remember wishing I had my GPS.

I saw no signs of life – not even a car in a driveway, so there was no one to even ask for directions.I kept pedaling though, thinking eventually I would have to at least find a street name I would recognize.  I started thinking that this bike ride was turning into a Gilligan’s Island tour and cracked up – nearly wrecking the bicycle.  It was a good thing no one was there to see – they may have taken me in for lunacy.

By this time my legs were KILLING me.  If you read my Tweets or Facebook about buying the bike, I mentioned how it had probably been 10 years since I had ridden a bicycle.  Needless to say, when I woke up this morning, I had no intention of working my legs to the point of Jell-O.

Lessons From a Bike Ride

Finally, nearly an hour later, I saw a familiar street. Though I was crushed that I realized I was still a  LONG ways from home, it was inspiring to at least see something I recognized.  I talked my legs into continuing to pedal, and a little while later I was coasting (thankfully) into my driveway.

As I got in the shower I was amused thinking about how my little ride had been so metaphorical with my life lately.  I will admit, I got LOST a few weeks ago.  I am not afraid to admit it.   I was looking for a way to lighten the load and “coast” through a couple parts of my life that I was tired of working on.  I started thinking of different paths, different behaviors, instead of focusing on the things that mattered most – like my direction.

We all get off course, take a wrong turn, or make the wrong choice that leaves us with a sense of being lost.  We abandon a course when we think there might be a “faster” or “easier” way to achieve the goal, often resulting in failure. What I learned today is if you “just keep pedaling” – you can find your way back, get back on the right path, and make it home.  You may get some bumps and bruises (or INCREDIBLY sore Jell-O legs!) along the way, but it will make “coasting in to home” that much sweeter.

If you have abandoned your path, fallen off the wagon, or let some things slide – I encourage you to “just keep pedaling” to find your way back.  Tomorrow I will set out on my bicycle again – with not only the knowledge of where NOT to turn, but also with the confidence that if I get lost again, that I can – and will – find my way home.

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30 thoughts on “Lessons From a Bike Ride”

  1. I think this is THE best post I’ve ever read…by anyone! I’m sorry you got lost today and a few weeks ago. You know I’m always here for you! ((hugs)) mama!

    Oh and btw…L-OVE the pink bike! 😉 It’s so…YOU! 🙂 Smooches!

  2. HA! I love it! You have a way of putting into words how the rest of us feel! I have found my path on a new direction, but know this is the right way! For me, my Faith, my family and my friends, all help keep me on the right path and I am so grateful.

    Tks, Lynsey! 🙂

  3. What a great post lyns. But i am thinking of also getting a bike…would be fun for you and i to meet on the beach and ride together!

  4. wow, yes, absolutely I would meet you out there! Wouldnt THAT be a throwback to 15 years ago! Ha!

  5. Kim @ What's That Smell?

    I just bought a beach cruiser (similar to yours but mint green) and I love it. My legs feel like jello when I am done!

  6. I LOVE mine – it rides like I am on air! Such a great workout too. I felt that little ride for DAYS lol

  7. Kim @ What's That Smell?

    My only complaint is that my seat squeaks. It has springs in it…i need to see if I can oil them because when I get pedaling pretty fast it’s kind of embarrassing LOL

  8. WHAT A WONDERFUL POST. I think you put into words how many of us feel often 🙂 And girl we will do bike rides followed by coffee house style coffee with my dolce gusto when I move back (hopefully this summer if all goes well with the job prospects hubby has). Can’t wait to see you and hang in 6 days ahhhhh flounders yummy flounders and drinks with friends.

  9. I love that bike. Getting lost was better than a personal trainer…you had to push yourself to survive..lol

  10. Kate @ The Shopping Mama

    Love this post. And I freaking love your bike. I’m sorry you got lost – I hate that feeling – but love the message you discovered.

  11. Not So Average Mama

    This is so right on! Every time I try to take a short cut I fail. Thanks for an awesome post!

  12. OMG I love that pink bike!! I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike. Not sure I’d remember how! LOL

  13. Eve @ Designing WIth Eve

    I get lost all the time- lol, but I would love to start riding bikes again!

  14. WOW! Awesome post. It was very inspiring. I love how you were able to find the connection to the bike ride and your life. I love it!

    I haven’t been on a bike in about 30 years. I probably couldn’t ride one anymore (I think it would hurt my butt).

    I’m glad you found your way home. 🙂

  15. That was such an inspirational post! It is so true that no matter how dire the sitaution we may find ourself in may be…it can always get better and it can always get worse.

  16. OMG! Great post 🙂 Sorry you ended up with jell-o legs!! I am always afraid of that same situation so that’s why I don’t like to walk/run/ride bikes outside. I’m a gym kind of girl

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